Half Moon Bay History Association
Celebrating the Legacies of the Coastside
Everyone Welcome
Finger foods. Refreshments. friendly conversation
Next Meeting will be Thursday,
​September 14

​​​​​​   5:30 PM  724 Kelly St.   HMB​
(The Portuguese Cultural Center)​
Business starts 6:00
History Program - about 6:20
​​Come hear this remarkable first person perspective from one whose family experienced the entrance of another culture to their native lands. 
An Historian's View of Life at Mission Dolores
​​​“The Native Ohlone Experience in Early California"

Mr. Andrew A. Galvan is a descendant of the Ohlone, Bay Miwok, Plains Miwok and Patwin Indians whose ancestral lands comprise the greater San Francisco Bay Region. Since 1978, he has been an active promoter of the Canonization Cause of Padre Junipero Serra and is currently a member of the SERRA Cause Board of Directors. A long-time member of The California Mission Studies Association Andrew was its Board President from 1993 - 1997. He is a founding member of The California Missions Foundation. Since February 1, 2004, Mr. Galvan has served as Curator of Old Mission Dolores, San Francisco, California. Mr. Galvan earned his B.A. in History from the California State University at Hayward.

Mr. Galvan’s own words are the best description of the fascinating talk that he will be giving. In responding to a letter about a tour that a group experienced, he made the following comments, “Proudly, I will tell anyone who will listen, that the missions were built by Indians and for Indians. There is much that has been neglected in the telling of the history of the Mission Indians. Because of the Spanish invasion, the native world was overwhelmed. The environment was dramatically damaged with the introduction of foreign plants and animals. The flu and measles epidemics were very destructive. It was a time of survival and my ancestors came into the missions to survive.

My family is proud of our connection with the Alta California Franciscan Missions; they are places where our ancestors converted to Christianity. According to family oral traditions, my great-great grandfather laid the cornerstone of the original Mission San Jose buildings, and my father laid the cornerstone of the restored Mission Church in 1982. And so the Missions, in many ways, are places of pilgrimage for me and many members of my family.”

OUR SPEAKER - Andrew A. Galvin

​​​The Half Moon Bay History Association is pleased to present a program by local historian, Director and Curator of Mission Dolores, Mr. Andrew A. Galvan. Mr. Galvan’s presentation will focus on the history of the Mission and the life of the Ohlone Indians at Mission Dolores in San Francisco.